I followed a link from designboom this morning to find these great shots of tricycles in Beijing. Since I mentioned utilitarian bikes around the world in a recent post, I want to pass these pictures along. If you are interested, you can also find a few of my own pictures of Chinese bikes and tricycles on my Flickr bikes set.
OK, switching topics a bit. Like many designers, I am a big fan of Apple products. I started working exclusively on the Mac in the early 90s, but I eventually (and reluctantly) switched to SGI machines followed by PCs so that I could run a few specific 3d modeling and rendering programs. Now I have an old PowerMac at home that my kids play with, but I work exclusively on the Windows platform. What does this have to do with bikes you may ask? Good question, not really much, but I will try to tie it back in. Bike Biz pointed to an interesting article on the Apple website about the use of Macs in the graphic design department at Trek. Eric Lynn, a designer at Trek, talks about the hardware and software that they use to design bicycle and product graphics (including the Project One frames) as well as Trek’s websites and printed materials. One point that I found interesting is that they use Parallels to occasionally run Rhino 3d on their MacBook Pros. I currently use Rhino for 3d modeling and I have been curious about how it would run on a MacBook booted up with Windows. I won’t ditch my desktop PC workstation anytime soon, but it would be nice if my next laptop could be a Mac. Currently, I have a faux Powerbook (I stuck one of those big white Apple stickers to the front of my Toshiba laptop) but, trust me; it is just not the same. Anyway, we know from this article that the graphic designers at Trek use Macs. That is no surprise; most graphic designers prefer Macs. I suspect that the industrial designers at Trek use Windows based workstations like mine to run programs like Alias Studio, Rhino, and Solidworks. If any Trek product designers are reading this, I am just curious; are you guys strictly working on PCs or do you occasionally use Macs as well? What about the other bicycle designers out there. What are your hardware and software choices for product development?